Research Handbook of Responsible Management
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Research Handbook of Responsible Management

Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali

Outlining origins of the field and latest research trends, this Research Handbook offers a unique and cutting-edge take on the numerous avenues to responsible management in the 21st century. Renowned contributors present iconic viewpoints that have formed the foundation of responsible management research, introducing cutting-edge conceptual lenses for the study of the responsible management process.
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Chapter 10: Responsible leadership andversus responsible management

Tânia M.G. Marques and Jorge F.S. Gomes


Responsible leadership is an emerging topic in the leadership literature. It deals with a broad spectrum of relationships, as it expands the focus of classic leadership theories – which are confined to leader–followers interactions – to the interfaces between leaders, on one hand, and various internal and external stakeholders, on the other hand. Consequently, responsible leadership explores concepts such as responsibility, ethics, sustainability, and stakeholders’ interests, in order to understand the mutual influences amongst all those groups that are to some degree relevant to the organisation. The study of responsible leadership sheds light on how institutions, companies, leaders, employees and individuals develop a more holistic, inclusive and responsible management approach in organisational settings. The current chapter advances some reflexions on responsible leadership and its link to responsible management. The main argument is that responsible leadership is of outmost relevance to understanding the individual component of the responsible management concept.

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